Lead for Nevada

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Jon Bilbao Basque Library
Inaki Arrieta, Head of the Jon Bilbao Basque Library, conducts a research consultation with a student. The library is a hub for research on Basque Culture and the Basque Diaspora and a memory institution for the Basque Community throughout North America.

Enhance the delivery of our land-grant mission

Educational services, community engagement and workforce development are all areas in which the University can expand its efforts beyond campus to enhance the delivery of the land-grant mission and better serve the people of Nevada.


Building public partnerships

During 2022, Digital Services, with support from Special Collections and University Archives and Metadata, Cataloging, and OneTime Acquisitions, expanded its partnerships with the City of Reno and Washoe County. The Libraries reached an agreement with the City of Reno to host City Council Ledgers on-site and in the Digital Archive, and agreed to take care of these ledgers and provide access to them online and in the Special Collections and University Archives reading room.

Nevada Silver Centennial Celebration, E. Clampus Vitus parade, 5, ID: NC1395_000029_11
Nevada Silver Centennial Celebration, Reno Gazette Journal Photographs, NC1395_000029_11

Unlocking Nevada's history

The Libraries were awarded funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records to process and describe more than 300,000 images from the extensive Reno Gazette-Journal Photograph Collection.

Using grant monies, the Libraries completed a pilot project to digitize a sample of the images processed during the grant. Digital Services digitized 775 images, each of which was then described by members of our metadata and Special Collections teams, before being uploaded to the Digital Archive.

Luka Starmer scans a basket for the Virtual Reality Museum.

Virtual reality and Nevada

The Digital Media Technology in @One team strengthened an existing partnership with the Pyramid Lake Museum by collaborating on officially launching the Libraries-produced Virtual Reality Museum of Native American Basketry kiosk. The VR kiosk allows users to interact with scans of baskets in a virtual environment. Funding was provided by IGT.

Silver medal on blue ribbon from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.


A Nevada Writers Hall of Fame endowment was established with generous donations from a group of sponsors with the aim of supporting the annual event and an aspirational goal of supporting a future writer-in-residence award.

The University Libraries, in partnership with book and marbling artist Pietro Accardi, hosted an Artown workshop titled “The Making of a Book Workshop.” The workshop offered community learners the opportunity to explore the Book Arts collection, housed in Special Collections and University Archives, followed by a journal making workshop led by Accardi.


Prim Library

Prim Library was the setting for the new University Talks@Tahoe series, with Libraries staff playing a key role with logistics and event planning. The goal of the series was to introduce residents of Incline Village and surrounding communities to the research and resources of the University, showcasing relevant regional topics.

The Library established relationships with the Tahoe Library Coalition.

Portrait of Emily Boss.

Helping set standards

Head of MCOTA, Emily Boss, is a member of the Standing Committee on Training for the PCC (Program for Cooperative Cataloging), a well-regarded standards group run out of the Library of Congress. The PCC has worked to overturn unethical standards in authorities in 2022 including recording race and gender attributes and the treatment of dead names.


Shadow of the Sun sculpture added to Carol Franc Buck Sculpture Garden

University Libraries collaborated with President’s Office to locate “Shadow of the Sun” in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center’s sculpture garden, a long-term installation made available by the Wayne Prim Student Admission Endowment and the Nevada Museum of Art.